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  1. http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/mainstream-diets-what-you-need-to-know/ Reading up on some of the latest diet information out there and starting to feel completely overwhelmed? You can join the millions of other people out there who don’t really know which diet is best. With hundreds of different approaches to choose from, it can be hard to navigate the waters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most mainstream approaches out there and go over which ones will deliver you the most optimal results for your time investment.
  2. http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/difference-running-treadmill-running-pavement/ As you gear up to get started on your running routine, one of the most important things that you might be asking yourself is where to do your runs. While some people have a srong preference of either the treadmill or outside, others may not be so sure. Is one better than the other? Would you see enhanced results running outdoors compared to on a treadmill? Or perhaps the treadmill is better? By understanding the differences between the two, you can make a more informed decision on where to do your runs.
  3. Hey everyone! Don't forget to check out our blogs for great running tips, from breathing technique, stretching, shin splints and first race tips! Here is the article on breathing techniques to try: http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/perfecting-your-breathing-technique-during-running/ Happy running and namaste! Zen Labs Fitness team
  4. This is a pretty useful video on explaining keto. We've actually been experimenting with keto too. It's still a very new topic.
  5. Hi, please email us as contactus@zenlabsfitness.com. Our engineers are working on this issue. We know how annoying it can be when we just want to get our workout in too! Sorry for the inconvenience!
  6. http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/5-kick-butt-hiit-exercises-to-burn-calories/ Looking to shed fat faster with your fitness plan? If you’ve been working hard toward reaching your bodyweight goals but have yet to incorporate HIIT training into your regime, now is the time to start. HIIT has been proven to be a superior fat burning compared to any form of steady state training – which includes all those hours you’ve spent on the treadmill, bike, or elliptical trainer. While those exercises may help boost your heart health slightly, they are doing very little to really crank up the dial on total body fat burning, improved fitness capacity, and enhanced metabolic rate. With HIIT, you don’t just burn more fat while you do it, but you’ll burn more fat after it’s completed as well.
  7. Check out the article on our blog with great tips from an expert on proper body form when running. These tips will help reduce the risk of injury, as well as help you get the most out of your workout! http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/learning-proper-running-technique/ Comment here in this post if you have tried these techniques, and what has worked best for you.
  8. The dreaded shin splints. We've all had them. Which running technique/stretches has helped you the most to overcome this painful condition?
  9. Check out the Facebook Success Stories album, to read some amazing stories from users like yourself, who overcame all sorts of obstacles to achieve their fitness goals! http://goo.gl/EahJCj Feel free to share your story/photo in this forum. Your inspiration goes a long way! The greatest wealth is health!
  10. http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/how-the-8020-diet-can-help-improve-your-health/ What Is The 80/20 Rule? The 80/20 rule basically states that you should be ‘on’ the plan around 80% of the time, which then allows you time to have freedom and flexibility the other 20% of the time. Most people when they first start out on a healthy eating plan expect themselves to be 100% healthy 24/7.
  11. ahhhhhh the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis. Many runners suffer from this painful injury. We have received a lot of requests and questions on how to deal with it, and so we decided to ask an expert! Take a read on our blog and hopefully you find these tips to be helpful. http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/5-tips-tricks-deal-plantar-fasciitis/ Let us know how you have dealt with Plantar Fasciitis, and what has worked best for you. This is such a common injury, and we would love to hear other tips and tricks on overcoming it.
  12. We've been reading some awesome success stories in this forum, and we want to know which one has inspired you the most! Reply in this thread with URL link to your favorite success story, and we'll highlight that person for easy access for the rest of the community! If you want to share your story, please do so in the forum (not in this thread)! Keep sending in those stories, we absolutely love reading them!
  13. This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information about our apps, or if you need support, please email us at contactus@zenlabsllc.com. Thanks! Q: The voice and beep is set to highest volume on the app. But how come I don't hear any voice cues? A: Here are a couple things to look for and keep in mind: 1) Please make sure that your device is not in vibrate/silent mode, as voice cues will not play when in this mode. Also please make sure all the voice/sound settings are correct (master volume is turned up). On iPhone devices there is a physical switch on the left side of the phone that when flipped, will keep the phone in vibrate mode. For iOS 7 and above devices, you can adjust the alerts sound volume in Settings (on your iOS device, not our app) → Sounds → Ringer and Alerts, which controls the sound when your device is locked. If this is not set properly, you will not hear any audio cues when device is locked. 2) Another thing to keep in mind with the new iOS is that you have to turn on Notifications inside your iOS settings for the app to be able to send you voice cues when your device is locked. Without this turned on, no voice cue will be played. 3) You can also try rebooting your device, or reinstalling the app. Q: The app is not remembering my progress / I lost all my data. Help! A: Please make sure to allow the workouts to be fully completed, meaning all the way to the social sharing screen, so that the app knows the workout is complete. You can also long press (Android) or double press (iOS) workouts to mark them as complete. You will see a check mark to signify a completed workout. Q: Where can I find the Myfitnesspal login on C25K Trainer app? A: The MyFitnessPal login is on the same screen as the Facebook/Twitter login in our C25K app, which is at the end of every workout. Please find the MFP icon there! Q: Ok, I found the Myfitnesspal login, but after pressing “send”, nothing is showing up on my MFP profile. A: Please allow some time for the results to be posted, as sometimes the MyFitnessPal servers could be slowed down due to heavy traffic. Another thing to try would be to refresh the home page of MyFitnessPal, to see if your results show. You can also try logging out and then back into your account through the official MyFitnessPal app. This should resolve most issues. Thanks! Q: How do I get the app to show up on my Apple Watch? A: You’ll need to open the Apple Watch app, and then scroll down until you find our app. Tap on it and you’ll see an option to “Show App on Apple Watch.”. Make sure that is on. Please remember to leave your device unlocked for the Apple Watch integration to work accurately. Navigate to settings and make sure “Always On (Disable Sleep)” is set to “On”. Also as an FYI, the watch is just an extension of the display of the phone. You have to start the app from the phone and can use your watch to check the time. You can pause and start, but can't start the app from the beginning. Q: Can I use the app on Apple Watch without my phone? A: You need to have the phone nearby in order for the watch to work. The app is not a standalone app on the watch, as it requires the phone to function properly. Q: What do I do if the app is misbehaving? A: Please try a hard-reset on your iPhone or iPod touch. Restarting frees up memory on your device, which is the cause of a lot of issues that are easily fixed by a simple restart. You can also try uninstalling and re-installing the app on your device. Make sure that you have the most updated version! Q: How to play music within the app / not finding my playlists? A: You need to first create a playlist on your device. Please refer to your device’s user manual on how to this. The playlist has to be created through the native music player app on your device (normally called “Music”), not a 3rd party music app (i.e. Google Play Music). Afterwards, you can access those playlists through the app. Q: How do I check progress such as calories and miles ran? A: After your run, you can tap the center dial to flip through your stats! You can see your calories burned as well as total distance ran. Q: How do I listen to music using 3rd party music app such as Pandora or Spotify? A: Please start the Pandora/Spotify app first, and have it run in the background. Then start our app, and the music should still run in the background. FYI our app cannot control music functions for Pandora/Spotify. Q: What is the difference between the pro and free version? A: The pro version has calorie and distance tracking, so our users can view all their stats from their run! It also removes ads from the bottom of the screen, as well as offering our users several more beautiful skins that they can customize the look of the app with! Q: Is there a community I can join that I can ask questions to? A: YES! There is a wonderful community on our Facebook page that is very active and passionate. You can post your question there, or create an account on our Forums and ask your question to the community there! Q: Can I use the treadmill to train? A: Of course! It is completely up to you on how you want to train. The only thing we advise is if you’re training for an actual race, that you get in some practice runs outdoors, as treadmill running and outdoor running is different from one another. Q: Is it ok to repeat days? A: It is perfectly normal to struggle with a workout, and completely fine to have to repeat that workout until you feel comfortable enough to move forward. It’s not a sprint! Take your time to build the stamina and strength you need. But don’t get complacent! You’re stronger than you think! Q: How do I get rid of initial popup screen everytime the app is launched? A: The Motivation screen that appears when first opening the app can be turned off in the settings tab! Many of our users enjoy the words of encouragement from this screen, but if you could do without it, you can easily turn it off. Q: Do I get charged again if I uninstall and re-install the app? A: Apple and Google handle the entire purchasing process, and once you purchase an app from their respective app stores, that info is stored in your profile. The app stores will not charge you again for re-downloading an app. If you believe some mistake was made with a charge, please contact Apple/Google directly. Q: I have the 10k Trainer app, but I can't find a way to sync my progress with Myfitnesspal. A: At this time, our partnership with Myfitnesspal is only with our C25K app. But we are working with MFP to integrate MFP functionality into all our other running apps as well! Feel free to shoot MFP an email and request this feature! We want it too! Q: I just graduated from the 10k app, and now want to start training with half/full marathon app! What week should I start from? A: The Marathon Trainer’s program is significantly different from the C25K/10K Trainer, so there is no direct bridge. Having said that, many of our 10K graduates have found that week 7 of the Marathon Trainer is a good place to start if you are comfortable with your fitness level. Please keep in mind that our half/full Marathon app was designed for true beginner runners, and the end goal is to have our users be able to complete a full 13.1/26.2 mile race, utilizing a walk/run interval. So you are not running the entire race. You are utilizing a “run for 4 mins / walk for 1 min” cycle the entire way. Q: How can I get the most accurate results for the distance tracker on my running apps or the Pedometer app? A: There are a couple things that you can do to improve the accuracy: For users using the later iOS devices with M8 Motion Coprocessor chip, the app pulls data from the M8 chip, so what you’re seeing is data directly from iOS Healthkit itself. For users on older iOS devices without M8 chip, here are some tips: 1) Turn on GPS, as this helps the app use your coordinates to better calculate your distance. 2) Please also keep in mind where you are placing your device during your run. The ideal place would be in your pant/shorts pocket, or in an armband. The app uses vibrations and motion to estimate steps, so if the device is, for example, in your breast pocket, than the count may not be as accurate due to the relative minimal movement in that location. For Android users: 1) Make sure to enter in your height inside the settings of the app, as this will help determine your stride length and better calculate your distance. 2) Turn on GPS, as this helps the app use your coordinates to better calculate your distance. 3) Please also keep in mind where you are placing your device during your run. The ideal place would be in your pant/shorts pocket, or in an armband. The app uses vibrations and motion to estimate steps, so if the device is, for example, in your breast pocket, than the count may not be as accurate due to the relative minimal movement in that location. 4) Adjust the "Sensitivity" option of the app. If the app is short on distance, then adjust it to be “more” sensitive. If the app is over calculating distance, then lower the sensitivity. Q: What are some good warmup exercises to do before starting any of the Challenge (Pushups/Situps/Pullups/Squats) apps? A: Some good ones in general are jumping jacks or running in place. This is just to get the heart rate going. Some of our users like to stretch the muscles that they are about to exercise (chest, glutes, abs) etc. Different users have different favorite stretches for target muscles. And some users skip all together the warm up stage. So this is completely up to you.
  14. What is your favorite running shoe? Are you a heel striker? Midfoot? Forefoot? What has worked for you? New Balance? Inov-8? Where did you find the best deals? Where have you had the most help? Share your stories with the community. We'd love to hear them all.
  15. Hi Shannon! Thanks for all the positivity and enthusiasm that you bring to the forums! As requested, we have increased the number of "likes" individual members can do. Please feel free to continue to spread the good vibes and karma =). Cheers!
  16. Hi everyone! Feel free to start your own individual posts inside the Accountability topic! It is very helpful to post and describe your progress and feelings, very much like a diary or journal. You can then look back and see just how far you have come! This particular post can be used to find fellow friends to help keep you on track. Special shoutout to our fabulous moderator KellyAnn for keeping the forums a friendly and safe place!
  17. you ask, we deliver! We consulted an expert and got some helpful tips. Hope this helps! http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/5-ways-deal-shin-splints/
  18. congrats Michele!! We love reading these stories =)
  19. We're here to cheer you on! https://www.facebook.com/c25kfree/photos/a.273104779421278.65286.254975724567517/444938382237916/?type=3&theater
  20. Share your favorite motivational quote with us! We have collected over the years some of our favorite quotes and posted them to the C25K Facebook page as well as our Pinterest. Check them out! Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1pNYuLM Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/zenlabsfitness/workout-motivation/ Enjoy!
  21. "Runner's knee" is a common complaint among runners. How did you overcome this obstacle?
  22. Hello! Please give it some time for the workout to show up. If you find that after a couple hours it still doesn't show up, you can always "repeat" the workout and fast forward to the end and try sending the data again. MyFitnessPal has been having some issues with users logging in, and so that means that if the c25k app can't log into MFP, then no data is sent. Another thing to try is to log out of your MFP app, and log back in. That would hopefully reset the MFP app, which then would give c25k app permission to send data. Thanks! As always, you can send an email to contactus@zenlabsllc.com for more support and help.
  23. Hi there! You can mark weeks 1-8 as completed by double tapping the workouts (iOS) or long pressing them (Android). The app will then see that you have completed those weeks, and will skip to week 9. At this time our partnership with MyFitnessPal only allows for MFP integration with the c25k app. But we are working with MFP to integrate MFP functionality into all our other running apps as well! Thanks! If you have any further questions, please email support at contactus@zenlabsllc.com or you can email us from the pull down menu at the top of the website. Happy running!
  24. Which running form has worked best for you? Forefoot, midfoot, or heel strike? Why? What would you recommend to others?
  25. keep it up and we look forward to reading your success story!